Interior Design


The Bellevue College Interior Design Program maintains the highest standards for instructors, since the quality of instruction is a primary determinant for student learning.

All instructors who teach in the program, whether full-time or part-time, must have the educational qualifications to teach at a Washington community college, be successful practicing designers, architects or artists, and be outstanding teachers.

Our faculty cares about the students. We work to create a comfortable, supportive, stimulating and challenging atmosphere.The faculty establish class environments that promote collaboration, self-confidence and initiative among students, and works as a team to unify the program and to ease transitions from one course to another.

Instructors and their courses are evaluated by students, and all instructors are accountable for the relevance and success of their courses. Most important, our instructors enjoy teaching and consider it a privilege to be part of the development of future design professionals.

Dan Beert

Program Chair, tenured full-time instructor
Bachelors of Studio Art/Interior Design, Northern Illinois University
Masters of Interior Design and Facilities Management, Michigan State University.

Teaches INDES 373, 440, 471, 472 and special topics


Michael Culpepper

Tenured full-time instructor
Master of Fine Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Bachelor of Architecture, Mississippi State University

Teaches INDES 171, 172, 273, 377, 471, 472


Peter Benarcik

Tenured full-time instructor
Master of Science, Industrial Design, Art Center College of Design
Bachelors of Architecture, The Catholic University of America

Teaches INDES 171, 172, 273, 280, 470, 471


Connie Wais

Tenured full-time instructor
Master of Science, Interior Design Education, Central Washington University
Bachelors of Art, Art/Interior Design, California State University at Northridge

Teaches INDES 140, 150, 151, 350, 351, 370, 471, 472


Michael Cox

Bachelor of Architecture, Mississippi State University


Paul Michael Davis

Master of Architecture, University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and Architecture, University of Washington


Ross Day

AAS, Wood Construction/Cabinetmaking, Seattle Central Community College
Certificate, James Krenov Fine Woodworking Program, College of the Redwoods


Sharon Khosla

Master of Architecture, University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Lehigh University


Kim Krech

Bachelor of Architecture, Washington University at St Louis


Mark Mappala

Master of Architecture, Montana State University
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Design, Montana State University

Professional Experience: Residential, retail and graphic design/marketing. As an instructor Mark has taught courses related to retail/commercial, graphic, exhibition design and coordination as well a recent foreign study (Scandinavia) design trip. Travel continues to be an important influence in his personal and professional development, and serves as a means for him to observe, synthesize, and create.


John Passmore

Master of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture
Master of Architecture, University of Washington
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Louisville


Margaret Spain

Associate in Arts, Interior Design, Bellevue Community College
Bachelor of Arts, Arts Production and Management, The Evergreen State College


Sandra Doyle Wilson

Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University